Couple cross at bizarre message

thisisoxfordshire: Kathy and David Bowmar-Scothern Kathy and David Bowmar-Scothern

DISABLED pensioners David and Kathy Bowmar-Scothern were a little put out when they were told there was a letter for them without any postage paid.

Still, the couple, who have mobility issues, thought it must be a letter from one of their three grown-up children so off they drove to the Royal Mail sorting office in Ledgers Close, Littlemore to collect it.

But instead of receiving a happy missive after handing over the £1.50 unpaid postage, the couple discovered they had been sent a message bizarrely taunting them.

Written in the form of a cross, it read: “Post early for Christmas. Ha ha. Hee Hee. From the boys and girls at the Royal Mail sorting office.”

It’s left an angry couple from Headington and Royal Mail scratching its head.

Royal Mail has apologised to the couple but said it did not believe it was responsible for the joke.

Mr Bowmar-Scothern, a 62-year-old former bricklayer and shop-fitter, said: “None of our neighbours, to our knowledge, have had anything like this happen to them.

“It’s baffling.

“I don’t know why anyone else would try to implicate the Post Office in this.

“It just doesn’t make sense.

“We are not rich in our old age so this really did inconvenience us.

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“We get on great with our postman and we don’t have any problems with Royal Mail or the Post Office.

“There really needs to be an investigation into this.

“An apology, for all it’s worth, seems a bit hollow. For them to say off the bat it is not one of their staff, how do they know that?

“It could well be a disgruntled member of staff. Who knows what people could get up to if they get laid off?”

Royal Mail spokesman Adrian Booth said the couple would receive a small form of compensation for their trouble.

“It seems like a stupid prank. Whoever did it probably thinks it is a laugh but it is certainly not funny at all.

“We are happy to repay the couple. However, just because it says the sorting office, that doesn’t mean it was from there.

“We’ve never heard of this kind of thing before and do not believe we are responsible. “We can only think it is somebody who is bringing our good name into disrepute, and we are not very happy about it.”

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12:29pm Tue 13 Nov 12

sparro says...

You do not have to pay, all you need do is tell the post office to mark it return to sender, with a message please pay for postage & resend this letter. thank you.
That`s all it needs
You do not have to pay, all you need do is tell the post office to mark it return to sender, with a message please pay for postage & resend this letter. thank you. That`s all it needs sparro

1:04pm Tue 13 Nov 12

bart-on simpson says...

distinctive handwriting - send in Lewis!
distinctive handwriting - send in Lewis! bart-on simpson

4:03pm Tue 13 Nov 12

online_reader says...

sparro wrote:
You do not have to pay, all you need do is tell the post office to mark it return to sender, with a message please pay for postage & resend this letter. thank you.
That`s all it needs
Would you get to open it first?
[quote][p][bold]sparro[/bold] wrote: You do not have to pay, all you need do is tell the post office to mark it return to sender, with a message please pay for postage & resend this letter. thank you. That`s all it needs[/p][/quote]Would you get to open it first? online_reader

8:25pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Clearly someone who knows her reasonably well enough to be familiar with all 3 of her initials.

Looking at the voters role, only the first two initials are listed.
Clearly someone who knows her reasonably well enough to be familiar with all 3 of her initials. Looking at the voters role, only the first two initials are listed. Andrew:Oxford

1:49pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Feelingsmatter says...

online_reader wrote:
sparro wrote:
You do not have to pay, all you need do is tell the post office to mark it return to sender, with a message please pay for postage & resend this letter. thank you.
That`s all it needs
Would you get to open it first?
No, you would not. I tried it.
[quote][p][bold]online_reader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sparro[/bold] wrote: You do not have to pay, all you need do is tell the post office to mark it return to sender, with a message please pay for postage & resend this letter. thank you. That`s all it needs[/p][/quote]Would you get to open it first?[/p][/quote]No, you would not. I tried it. Feelingsmatter

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